Two undefeated prospects put their 0 on the line this weekend for the vacant Celtic featherweight title, as Port Talbot's Joshua John dukes it out with Coatbridge's Mark McKeown in Swansea this Saturday night live on BBC Wales.
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John comes into this bout sporting a 4-0 record. A bit of an unknown commodity outside of his home country of Wales, but will be looking to pick up his first title this weekend and make himself a household name. John has not lost a round in his professional career, as all of his victories have been shutout points wins. Last time out, John comprehensively outboxed undefeated prospect Farlin Condori, and will be looking to build on this victory and pick up the Celtic title in his outing with McKeown.
"I planned not to get hit and that's what I did!" ????
Joshua John yn edrych ymlaen at ddyfodol arbennig yn y byd bocsio!
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McKeown has been a prospect that observers believe could be a huge talent in the UK. Trained by Ben Davison, meaning training alongside world champions such as Josh Taylor and Leigh Wood, McKeown will be looking to replicate the sucess of his gym mates. McKeown is 6-0, and has produced two knockouts along the way. McKeown has featured on the big stage too, as last time out he was part of the Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall card on Sky Sports, McKeown impressed in this bout as he defeated Engel Gomez on points, dropping him in round one. McKeown will be keen to start picking up gold, and could add his first title with a big performance in Swansea this Saturday.
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The title fights don't stop there, as two Welsh title fights feature on a stacked undercard. The Welsh welterweight title will be contested by two undefeated prospects, as Risca's Jake Tinklin (7-0) faces off with Cardiff's Lloyd Germain for the vacant belt. This will be the first time these fighters fight for titles, so both will be desperate to add a title to their repertoire whilst defending their undefeated record.
The vacant middleweight Welsh title will also be contested between Aberdare's Morgan Jones (14-2) and Colwyn Bay's Gerome Warburton (9-1-1). Jones has fought on the biggest stage in Wales in 2018, as he opened the card for Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker at the Principality Stadium, however, he was stopped on that night by Mose Auimatagi Jnr in six rounds. Warburton has also tasted defeat in his career as he was beaten in Bilbao in 2021 against Jhon Jader Obregon. Warburton did win in his next outing, but both Jones and Warburton will not want to taste defeat again.
Newport's Nathan Howells will be looking to extend his record to 4-0 as he takes on the debutant, Tatenga Mangombe. Disaster struck for Newport's Ryan Pocock in his pro debut as he was defeated, but he will look to put that behind him as he returns to the ring this Saturday.
The much anticipated debut of Swansea heavyweight Moses Jolly takes place on this stacked card, as he faces off with Reece Barlow. Swansea's Kristian Touze will be looking to keep his undefeated streak going and potentially push into the British title picture.
Finally, Caerphilly's Ted Barnaby, Pontypridd's Tom James and Porthcawl's James Atkins will be be looking to build on their victories in their debuts as they all return to the ring on this card on Saturday.